Cayman celebrates ‘Week of the Young Child’

woyc2016bTo mark the international “Week of the Young Child” starting this weekend, the Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association is hosting a conference Saturday followed by a full week of activities focused on preschool-age learning.

The conference on Saturday will focus on project-based learning, led by U.S. education expert and author Judy Harris Helm. In her books, Ms. Helm discusses how to use projects to help preschoolchildren learn more effectively.

Reina Jefferson, president of the Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association, said Ms. Helm will also help start pilot programs on project-based learning in five or six preschools in Cayman while she is here.

Ms. Helm, who runs the education consultant service Best Practices Inc., was last in Cayman as the keynote speaker for the weeklong celebration in 2014. “She spoke for an hour last time she was here and we wanted to invite her down again,” Ms. Jefferson said.

The fourth annual Early Childhood Care and Education Professional Development Conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mary Miller Hall.

The week formally starts with a Sunday church service at 4 p.m. at the First Assembly of God.

Monday at 6 p.m. will be the association’s annual pajama party at Camana Bay. Tuesday will be government’s appreciation day for staff at the Early Childhood Care and Education Centres and a reception by the governor.

Wednesday morning guests will read to children at Read-to-Tots Day. On Thursday, preschoolers getting ready to transition to new schools will get to visit government and private “big schools.” On Friday, the preschools will host a Fun Day and, on Saturday, to round up the week, the association will host a brunch to celebrate its 19th anniversary.


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